Western Digital is expanding its popular RED line of Network Attached Storage hard drives to include two 2.5 inch versions. The current lineup of RED drives is limited to four 3.5 inch drives ranging from 1TB to 4TB. The move to a 2.5 inch form factor will give owners of smaller NAS systems a better performing option over traditional 2.5 inch drives. There are not many of these small form factor NAS systems on the market, but Synology (our favorite) offers the DS411slim, which supports up to four 2.5″ drives. These are perfect for tucking away in a small server room or network closet.
Like their bigger brother, the 2.5 inch WD RED drives will feature NASware 2.0 technology, which ensures maximum compatibility and performance with all major NAS devices. These drives run cool and are optimized to run in a 24×7 environment without fail. For even more peace of mind, each WD RED drive includes a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty and access to a 24 hour support line.
The new 2.5 inch WD RED drives are available in two capacities: 1TB ($99), 750GB ($79). These drives were just announced this morning so they are still making their way to retailers but Amazon has the listings available for preorder or you can go directly through the online WD Store.
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